Help! Basement emergency

Old 05-27-03, 06:46 PM
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Help! Basement emergency


I have also posted this on other forums:

I'm in the final stages of a basement finishing job. I have had no problems with moisture or flooding in the past. However yesterday my wife left the water running on the hose next to the foundation wall. The flathose (miserable invention- don't fall prey to the marketing scam) burst and for anywhere between 8-20 hours water has been pouring into the ground next to the foundation.

Needless to say, there is water coming under the 2x4 plates into the finished space (walls are spaces about 6 inches off the foundation wall. It is the dry season now, so I know that I can cut a hole in the wall and dry things out fairly quickly.

But am in for trouble in the future? Since the water found its way through the foundation this time, will this reoccur? The spot against the outside wall is reasonably sheilded from rain and about ten feet away from the nearest downspout.

I'm glad that I havent carpeted yet, but worried for the future.

Thanks for any insight,
Old 05-27-03, 07:52 PM
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I think this is just a one-time fluke, and that after it dries out, you'll have no further problems.

Thanks for the tip on the hose. I was seriously considering buying one. They look pretty cool.
Old 05-28-03, 06:36 PM
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I also think this is a one time deal. The most important thing to remember is to get your gutter water away from your foundation. This the #1 cause for leaks. Buy some extensions that shoot the water out into your yard.
If you are going to open up your wall to dry it, would there bee enough room to coat the wall with a waterproofing paint?

Good luck.
Old 05-30-03, 05:28 PM
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Thanks allot for the replies folks. Things dried up well with the usage of a fan. I was able to cut a small hole in the sheetrock outside the finished space, between the foundation wall and the stud wall, which circulated air all the way down to where I have an access panel for my drain clean-out (probably 25 ft). This is nice to know in the event of future problems.

I am optimisitic for the future because only a small amount of water actually appeared in the basement, despite the fact that in all probability a small area of the foundation took the abuse of what could have been thousands of gallons of water.

This is a great website!!


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